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About us

PROGRAMS  |  HISTORY  |  OUR TEAM  |  FINANCIALS

Our Mission

Creating opportunities for people to discover their true worth and pursue God’s extraordinary purpose for their lives.

Our Vision

To see activated churches and individuals in the U.S. and around the world empowering the vulnerable and growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

WHAT WE DO

Helping Vulnerable Children, Holistic Community Development, and Short-Term Mission Trips

We connect the global Church by integrating child-focused community development programs with short-term mission trips. Our model, which mixes missions and development, creates lasting transformation economically, socially and spiritually for children and communities suffering from extreme poverty, while also developing life-long disciples both in the States and abroad. 

Our Model

Credible Local Leaders

All our international community development programs are envisioned, initiated and led by local Christian leaders. These include pastors, school principles, and former politicians, all held to extremely high levels of trust and stewardship. Our aim is to empower local communities toward self-sustainability. We want to be part of long-term transformation rather than quick fixes.

Community Partnership

Over the years, we've discovered nothing quite matches the holistic impact made when a community from the U.S. commits to a community in one of the developing nations we serve. This is the Global Church at work. It's why we place an extremely high value on our partner churches and schools and the long-term impact they create through relationships and shared resources.

Discipleship for All

Our goal is to inspire active Christ-followers in every aspect of our ministry. This includes the vulnerable children we serve, and their families, the short-term missionaries sent, our staff, and our financial partners. God has an amazing purpose for every one of us, and we're committed to helping everyone involved with us find and follow that purpose.

Our Programs

Our child-focused, community development programs are located in Cuba, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Uganda. Our goal for them is to help children trapped in poverty reach their full, God-given potential by meeting their basic needs (food, safe water, health care) and empowering them with quality education, vocational training, and spiritual discipleship. Through them, we also reach their families and communities to influence lasting change.

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Cuba

Families in Cuba struggle to meet their basic needs due to government restricted income levels. Help feed children both physically and spiritually.
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Haiti

Over 2.5 million people are living in extreme poverty in Haiti. Provide hope and help to vulnerable children, some of whom are trapped in a form of domestic slavery called restavek

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Kenya

Children in this rural community are especially vulnerable to being orphaned and suffering from severe poverty and malnutrition.
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Mexico

Trigo y Miel is a community center and church serving  extremely poor families in Olimpo on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Nicaragua

Poverty has been prevalent for years in Nicaragua, and with the recent political crisis, they need more help than ever. We are reaching the next generation of boys and girls with the love of Christ.
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Uganda

Children in the slums of Uganda, many of whom are orphans, are given tools to build brighter futures through our Light a Candle program.

Phase II Disaster Recovery

Although our focus is on long-term community development, we have a long history of mobilizing short-term missionaries to serve those devastated by a disaster. When  a major disaster hits, and we’re presented with a strong local partner to assist in Phase II Disaster Recovery (recovery efforts after first responders have left), we mobilize volunteer teams to help.

1. God Initiated — Glorify God and further His purposes by responding to HIS initiatives.

2. Servanthood — Have the same attitude Jesus had (Phil. 2).

3. Relationships — Love people more than projects.

4. Meeting Needs — Address needs of the poor, the marginalized and the overlooked.

5. Participation — Provide opportunities for ordinary people to participate firsthand in furthering God’s Kingdom.

6. Changed Lives — Provide opportunities that facilitate personal transformation.

7. Partnership — Build and maintain meaningful partnerships.

8. Empowerment — Don’t do things for people; do things with people.

9. Integrity — Live lives consistent with our professed beliefs.

10. Stewardship — Wisely steward God’s resources.

1. We believe in God the Father, who through Christ created the heavens and earth, who is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.

2. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in this life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death on the cross.

3. We believe in His resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His high-priestly intercession for His people that they may experience full salvation and His indwelling presence.

4. We believe in His personal, visible return to earth according to His promise.

5. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, sent to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ.

6. We believe that all people by nature and by choice are sinners, but that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

7. We believe that those who put their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice in God’s presence for eternity, but those who refuse to put their trust in Him will be forever separated from Him.

8. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, divinely and uniquely inspired, absolutely trustworthy, and having supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

9. We believe in the Church, the body of Christ, of which Christ Himself is the Head, and of which all regenerated people are members.

10. We believe that Christ commissioned the Church to proclaim the gospel in word and deed throughout the world, to encourage believers in the faith, and to teach and train believers in the principles of godly, fruitful living.

history

For the first 22 years of our history—from 1983 to 2005—we were primarily a short-term missions agency engaged in a wide range of ministry activities. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, Forward Edge transitioned into a full-fledged relief and development organization with ongoing field programs directed by local leaders in some of the world’s poorest countries. The majority of our short-term missionaries now serve in locations where we have ongoing programs, including Cuba, Haiti, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

This unique history has positioned us to not only understand what it takes to provide meaningful, cross-cultural experiences for those serving on our mission trips, but mission opportunities that strategically support ongoing programs in the field and contribute towards lasting change. We invite you to be part of this unique and ever-unfolding story!

1983

Our first mission team served in Prato, Italy where they ministered to recovering drug addicts and shared the Gospel in the local piazzas. 

1980s

Teams helped construct children’s homes in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

1980s-1990s

Evangelism teams served in the UK, China, Cuba, Russia, Romania, numerous Summer Olympic Games, and among unreached people groups in Nepal and Tibet.

1985

Dental teams provided care in the remote highlands of Guatemala.

1986

Our first medical team served in Nicaragua.

1990s

Teams served on several Native American reservations, including the Crow (Montana), Navajo (New Mexico), and White Mountain Apache (Arizona).

1992

Our first disaster-recovery team served in Florida following Hurricane Andrew.

1999

After the 1999 Balkan War, teams came to the aid of widows and orphans in Kosovo.

2001

Following 9/11, teams served at ground zero in NYC, preparing meals for workers, and manning “prayer stations” nearby.

2000s

Teams served the materially poor in Oaxaca, Mexico by pouring concrete floors and performing cataract-removal surgeries that restored sight to the blind.

2004

Our partnership with Mama Beth’s Children’s Program in Kijabe, Kenya began.

2005

More than 3,000 team members were sent to the Gulf Coast to help Katrina survivors rebuild.

2008

A safe-water project was initiated on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, drilling wells and providing safe drinking water to thousands.

2008

Villa Esperanza (Hope Village) opened its doors as a home for girls rescued from Nicaragua’s largest open-air garbage dump.

2010

More than 1,000 team members were sent to Haiti after the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people.

2011

Trigo y Miel (Wheat and Honey), our program for at-risk children in Oaxaca, Mexico was launched.

2016

Our children’s program in Cuba was launched, and a partnership was formed with The Transformation Center which serves the homeless and vulnerable in Baltimore, MD.

2017

Our children’s program in Les Cayes, Haiti was launched, serving children at risk of entering a form of domestic slavery called restavek.

2018

A partnership was formed with Light a Candle Uganda, a program for at-risk children in the slums of Kampala, Uganda.

2010-2019

Domestic disaster-recovery teams served flood, tornado, and hurricane survivors in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Florida. International disaster-recovery teams also served in the Philippines, Mexico, Haiti, and Nepal.

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OUR TEAM

Our team is made of highly capable and committed staff, and a qualified and engaged board of directors. Our staff members are located at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in Vancouver, WA and in our various field locations. 

financials

We are committed to transparency and to responsibly managing the support entrusted to us. Through extensive program evaluation, strategic planning, and board governance, we leverage contributions for maximum impact.

Annual Tax Form 990

Audited Financials

Past Reports

You can trust that you're making a real and lasting impact.

85% TO PROGRAMS

Only 15% of your gift to our programs will be set aside for administration and fundraising costs.

REAL TRANSFORMATION

Our children’s programs have proven effective towards long-term, holistic transformation.

CREDIBLE LOCAL LEADERS

Your investment empowers credible nationals caring for their own people & community.

DISASTER RECOVERY

We help the most vulnerable disaster survivors return home (widows, low-income families, single moms, & the elderly).